[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD position in Environmental Engineering at Newcastle University

Anke Neumann Anke.Neumann at newcastle.ac.uk
Thu Apr 6 08:08:21 MDT 2017

PhD position: Assessing the sustainability of iron clay mineral redox reactions for application in engineered systems

A fully funded PhD studentship is available in the Environmental Engineering group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University, UK.
The Application deadline is 27 April 2017, so please act quickly if you are interested! Selection Interviews will take place 17-19 May 2017 and the project will start in September 2017.

Project description:
The quality of surface and groundwater is strongly influenced by redox reactions of iron-bearing minerals, which transform contaminants and nutrients. Iron-bearing clay minerals are particularly important because they are thought to be a renewable source of reduction equivalents in the environment. In this project, we will test the validity of this paradigm and expand current knowledge from closed systems to more realistic, flow-through conditions. Specifically, we will investigate aspects of reversibility of clay mineral redox reactions; the effect of redox cycling on clay mineral stability and reactivity; and differences between chemical, microbial, and biologically mediated clay mineral iron reduction. We will complement our experimental work with quantitative modeling of the processes involved. The results of this project will aid in designing effective (natural) remediation strategies as well as engineered water systems such as aquifer storage and recovery.

I am looking for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, soil science or a related discipline and with experience in the laboratory. The candidate should be motivated to conduct extensive laboratory work, including aqueous and solid phase analyses (HPLC, ICP-MS, XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy). Experience in any of these techniques would be advantageous.

For details and how to apply, see here<http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceg/study/postgraduate/scholarships/789enveng/>, or contact Anke Neumann (anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk<mailto:anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk>).

Anke Neumann
Lecturer in Environmental Engineering
Civil Engineering & Geosciences
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

+44 191 208 6406
anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk<mailto:anke.neumann at ncl.ac.uk>

PhD opportunity available NOW, closing date 27 April
details and how to apply, see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceg/study/postgraduate/scholarships/789enveng/

Join us at Goldschmidt 2017 in Paris!
Session 11f: Radicals and Photochemical Reactions in the Environment

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